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Outdoors

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of August 16 - 18, the programs will focus on a variety of topics. Friday evening at 8 is the weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and iced tea will be provided, but please bring your ...

Have you tried forest bathing?

By Quentin Stocum I could have easily covered my derriere and said that I put a test in last month’s article. But no, I must fess up that I made a boo–boo. But I wasn’t called out on it which means that no one caught my error or that no one reads my column. I’ll lean towards that no ...

Rethinking conifers

(Editors Note: This article is the fourth of a series exploring plants and horticulture on Maine’s Mt Desert Island and Acadia National Park.) Conifers are a significant part of a landscape design and can be used for a variety of reasons. With their evergreen foliage, they can serve as a ...

What are plant parasitic nematodes and why should we care?

If you work in agriculture, I am sure you have heard about nematodes, nonetheless now is a good time to review what they are and how they affect crops. Nematode are eel-like worms that live in a wide range of environments including soils, oceans, rivers, hot springs, arctic ice, tree ...

Environmental Programs at Little Pine and Hyner Run State Parks

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of Aug. 9 - 11, the environmental programs at Little Pine and Hyner Run State Parks will focus on a variety of topics. The programs on Friday and Sunday will be at Little Pine, and those on Saturday will be at Hyner Run and Hyner View. Friday evening at 8 ...

Game Commission increases donation to Hunters Sharing the Harvest

HARRISBURG— The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners this week voted to increase the agency’s monetary donation to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, ensuring that hunters can continue to donate venison to the state’s hungry without having to pay deer-processing costs. The board ...

Frog population explodes in Vermont

By LISA RATHKE Associated Press SALISBURY, Vt. - A wet spring has caused one frog population to explode in an area of Vermont where throngs of the amphibians have been hopping through fields and lawns, darting across roads and getting flattened by cars and tractors. University of ...

The hardy black chokeberry

(Editors Note: This article is the third of a series exploring plants and horticulture on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park.) Hiking is one of the more popular activities in Acadia National Park (ANP) and it is not difficult to find a trail that has interesting sights and ...

Master Gardeners represent county at international conference

LOCK HAVEN — Eight Master Gardeners traveled to Valley Forge, Pa. during the week of June 16 to represent Clinton County at the 2019 International Master Gardener Conference. The conference theme was “Penn’s Woods: Digging into our Roots.” It was an opportunity to showcase ...

Environmental Programs at Little Pine and Hyner Run State Parks

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of July 26 - 28, there will be programs at both Little Pine and Hyner Run State Parks. The programs on Friday and Sunday will be at Little Pine State Park, and Saturday’s programs will be at Hyner Run State Park. Friday evening at 8 p.m. will be the ...

In the parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Thursday, July 25, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a “Bounty of Beetles DiscoverE Program.” This is a DiscoverE Program for children ages 6-12 (Outdoor Explorers, Penns’ Adventurers). Join the naturalist for a look into the life cycle and distinct characteristics of ...

The mountains of Acadia National Park

(Editors Note: This article is the second of a series exploring plants and horticulture on Maine’s Mt Desert Island and Acadia National Park.) Acadia National Park, on Mt. Desert Island, was created in 1916 (under a different name then) and covers 38,000 acres with another 12,500 in ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of July 19 - 21, the programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on the wide variety of animal life in the park. Friday at 8 p.m. will be the weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and ...

In the parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Sunday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m., join the park naturalist for a look into “Whitetails of Pennsylvania.” Topics will include adaptations, a brief history, and habits among other things. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center. ∫ ...

It’s kind of a big ‘dill’

By Quentin Stocum There is a saying, you reap what you sow, and in some cases what you plant this year will appear next year in another entirely different location. This may be good or bad, depending on how fussy a gardener you happen to be. This can happen with many of the herbs of which ...

In the Parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Sunday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m., “Geocaching Games” will be taking place. There will be learning opportunities on marking and finding waypoints, on operating a handheld GPS, and more. GPS units will be provided by the park. This program is for people of all ages; ...

Conifer conundrum

By Tom Butzler Numerous calls have come into Penn State Extension Offices the past several months concerning conifer death and damage. Plant examples in this grouping are firs, spruces, pines, arborvitae, and yews. There are several possibilities on why so much damage is emerging this ...

Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

WILLIAMSPORT — For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for establishing and sustaining healthy community forests. The national program was created a dozen years ago by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor educational ...

PA Wilds launches new website, expands membership and is now free to join

This month, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) announced three updates to its flagship program, the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO) — a new website was launched, the membership program was expanded to include new organization types, and the program no ...

In the parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., come and learn more about “Pennsylvania Coyotes.” Some topics discussed will include adaptations, diet, and their natural history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center. ∫ Sunday, June 23, at ...